STUDENT SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM
love them back to life
For $40 a month, you can support a student in our programs as they find restoration from addictions and life controlling problems. Sponsoring a student is a practical way to meet the needs of the student as you help to cover the living expenses and cost of care for the duration of his or her stay.
When you sponsor a student, you will receive the following:
A photograph of the student you are supporting
Opportunities to write and encourage your student
An invitation to your student's graduation from the program
Sponsor a Beauty for Ashes FAMILY
I came to Beauty for Ashes wounded and hopelessly bound by chains of addiction. Separated from my child and searching for how to free us both from those chains I did something I wasn't sure would work; I prayed. God heard my cries and brought us to BFA where I have found freedom in every way. Wounds have healed into scars that show God's goodness; as the chains that once bound me fall I see the beauty of his unending grace. I am seeking a future in studying God's Word and giving back to the ministry that helped save my life and my child's life. My pain has been repurposed for his Glory and I am committed to help others come to know and experience the goodness and love of Jesus Christ.
For the past 17 years I've lived my life in shame and guilt with regrets. I never even thought about loving myself. After another failed relationship, my 3 year old and I had no car, no money, and were living in a motel. I cried out to God for help. I wanted better for my daughter so we came to BFA. While being here I'm learning how to love my daughter. I no longer live in regret and I'm becoming the woman God wants me to be. I have such a wonderful bond with my child now. My next goal is to learn job skills and learn to live independently. I'd like to become a Christian drug abuse counselor.
I'm thankful to be at BFA to not only grow closer in my walk with God but also to be a better person and mother. I cherish the values and morals BFA stands for and want to learn how to incorporate them in my daily life. By God's provisions and hard work I have been genuinely and greatly blessed with the opportunity to be here. I fully intend to take advantage of the tools that are at my disposal and to use this blessing to learn, grow and become the woman and mother God has always intended for me to be.
Beaten and bruised was the name of the game; losing it all for a high that in the end never left me the same. The price was losing my two daughters from what I had done. I cried out in agony in my addiction when I found out I was pregnant with a son. Self-sufficiency only got my son and I so far. There was something missing. That something was God and He was able to mend these mind altering scars. My journey led me to BFA where my hate, fear, and anger is exposed, diminished and transformed. Because God brought me here, love is my new normal and God is releasing the shackles that once bound me. I am surrounded by people who love me. I am working on my GED here. I have my son and I love to live! I want to live. Working on myself is painful sometimes but God is worth it. This is my home. This story isn't over until God says it is.
I was rejected by everyone in my life. In my searching for love I started using drugs which led me to Iose everything. I was the walking dead with no hope and chained by addiction. Coming to BFA I found life and hope. I am currently in the extended care program to help reach my short-term and long-term goals. I completed the G.E.D and did an internship. I am now serving in the Beauty for Ashes Daycare. My driver's license has been reinstated. A long-term goal of mine is to go to Bible College. For the rest of my life I am going to live for Jesus and will be the mom God intended me to be.
Before coming to Beauty for Ashes my life was spiraling out of control. I was in a very abusive relationship and was clinging to anything to numb the brokenness that I felt inside. When I found out I was expecting, I cried out to the Lord for help. I knew he had given me this child to save my life; now it was my turn to surrender to His will. Since coming to BFA, God is showing me a love that I have never experienced and I am learning to trust again. By surrendering to His will I am choosing life, for myself and for this precious child that He has blessed me with. I want to return to be the Godly mother I know He has called me to be. I don't have it all together and I am a mess on some days. But I am Jesus' beautiful mess and I want to share the love of Christ with others.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Before I entered the Beauty for Ashes program, I had no idea how to live a successful, happy life. I was lost in darkness and totally without hope. Beauty for Ashes is my home. Here I have learned to live, really live. The Lord has taken my heart of stone and turned it into a heart of flesh. I have complete faith in Jesus Christ, I am working diligently to be the best mom I can be, and I am currently giving back to Beauty for Ashes, serving as the House Supervisor. I am holding my head high and walking with integrity, which is more then I ever would have imagined myself doing “in my former life."
2 Corinthians 5:17
I came to BFA emotionally damaged and in a spiritual coma. Everyday I'm finding the healing and love that I so desperately need. Following Jesus is changing my life, my eternity, and it's doing the same for my daughter. I'm beyond grateful to be here. All glory be to God!
Sponsor a Teen Challenge Fredericksburg student
I'm 20 years old. Growing up was a struggle being around drugs and learning to use them at a young age. Before coming to Teen Challenge my life was in a dark and scary hole that almost killed me. I am thankful to be in the Teen Challenge program working on my faith in Jesus and how to live a Christian life and walk the right life with faith.
I am married and the father of 4. My family means everything to me. Over the past 8 years, though, I have struggled with drug addiction on and off. After 2 years of sobriety, I relapsed a little over a year ago and have been struggling ever since. In the last few months before coming to Teen Challenge, I had gotten extremely excessive. I finally came to the conclusion that I needed more help than what I could give myself. With my family's support, I made it to Teen Challenge. I hope to build a better life in Christ, and to learn what path he has set for me. I want to take this knowledge home to my family and lead them like the man God wants me to be.
Growing up I didn't have the best childhood. The only time God was mentioned in my house was during grace at dinner. Unfortunately, it was never explained to me why we said it or even who God was. Both my parents battled addiction so my family was very dysfunctional. Through my early experiences I started to feel unloved, unworthy, and insecure. I never felt good enough. This made me shut out the world and isolate myself so I wouldn't get hurt. I was lost and alone until I tried drugs and alcohol for the first time. They allowed me to escape my thoughts on how I thought other people thought about me. I felt free, but little did I know I was walking into a trap that would take over my life for many years. The trap of addiction almost killed me twice and left my two kids and wife without a father and husband. But God had a different plan for me and I'm so thankful that he has opened the door to Teen Challenge for me and gave me this time to surrender to His plan for me. I am ready to build an intimate relationship with Jesus that He has always wanted and that I desperately need.